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March 31, 2014 | ROB SAUERHAFT
"My Wilson Staff sand wedge was designed around what I like. I had a lot of influence on the bounce, grind, look, the way it works through rough and around greens, everything."

March 31, 2014
There has been some great research, dating to the Elias Sports Bureau in the 1980s and built upon by others, about the value of platooning not by handedness but by ground-ball/fly-ball tendencies. Ground-ball hitters...

March 31, 2014
Enemy Lines

March 31, 2014
Last year, the Pirates broke their 21-year losing streak in part by applying data-driven analysis to their defensive positioning. Pittsburgh turned batted balls into outs better than all but two other NL teams. CLINT...

March 31, 2014
Enemy Lines

March 31, 2014
While the hitter-friendly changes to the dimensions of Petco Park last year helped JEDD GYORKO (23 homers) and WILL VENABLE (22), they were a disaster for closer HUSTON STREET. He allowed an unthinkable 12 homers in...

March 31, 2014
Enemy Lines

March 31, 2014
CRAIG KIMBREL is the most efficient strikeout pitcher in baseball history, having whiffed 43.1% of the batters he's faced in his career. Strikeouts are most valuable when there's a runner on third and less than two...

March 31, 2014
Enemy Lines

March 31, 2014
BILLY HAMILTON breaks the game of baseball. He was the best minor league base stealer since the 1980s, and he went 13 for 14 stealing bases after the Reds called him up last September, running nearly every time he...